During this holy month, we call on you to create safe spaces at iftar and have meaningful conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
Great conversations begin with great meals. It’s no secret that many families and friends bond over food.
A little silence at the iftar table can be a good thing – it means everyone’s enjoying the food – but sometimes it can also be an indication of a lack of communication or disconnect in the family.
This Ramadan, we want to support families to open and strengthen lines of communication and foster safe spaces to support every family member’s mental health and wellbeing.
So, besides the food, what else is top of mind for your spouse, child, parent or sibling this Ramadan? While you’re breaking your fast, break the ice and start the important conversations. Nothing is off the table.
Start the Conversation
Here are some suggestions for breaking the ice and getting the conversation started. Download and print to use as a card deck, or fold and draw from a basket or bowl. You may choose to ask everyone the same question or have each person answer a different question.
And remember, listening is just as important as speaking! Be sure to give the person speaking your full attention, maintain eye contact, and acknowledge their feelings.
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, set the best examples of how we should conduct ourselves – from showing gratitude, to thanking others, to cleanliness. Check out the five iftar rules that help to foster gratitude and nurture positivity in the home. Download, print and hang or display near your iftar table.
Our Lines Are Open Seven Days A Week
For the month of Ramadan, we’ve shifted our helpline hours to 5 pm to 11 pm Eastern Time. Our toll-free and confidential helpline is still open seven days a week. This means anyone who feels alone, depressed, or just needs someone to talk to has greater access to a peer counselor.
Increase Your Rewards By Donating in Ramadan
Your sadaqa makes a difference and helps to support our free helpline and educational programs. All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a tax receipt at the end of the year.
Did you know that we are also qualified to receive zakat?
”Naseeha Mental Health is a project that is worthier of all attention and- Dr. Hamid Slimi
support from Muslims. It is about people helping people and making a difference in their lives such as giving valuable advice, listening to someone's pains or even preventing someone from committing suicide. The work of this group embodies the very spirit of Islam where free of charge help is given with pleasure, attention and love by dedicated volunteers. I have known and supported Naseeha team since the inception and I invite everyone to support this work with charitable donations. This service is definitely Zakat eligible and falls under two or three categories of Zakat recipients.
Chairman, Canadian Centre for Deen Studies
President, Faith of Life Network
Imam, Sayeda Khadija Centre
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